My friend Tom Loepp did this sketch of me reading my essay "Flow" the other night. We had about 20 people at the event. I received a standing ovation from an 80 year old woman who thought the whole thing was about Casper getting an ice-skating arena. But I'll take it.
Just checking in at one of my hunting sports to see what the elk were up to. I found lots of fresh beds. Never seen the flower so high. I'll be back in September when the season opens. Thank god for public lands.
My essay, "Hobart Dreams", is in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. It's a story about when I was a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant called The Bamboo Gardens. This issue will hit the stands in late July.
I'll be reading a new essay, "Flow", about when David Wright and I were researching for our book about Pea Island. I'll be paired with musician Larry Neeff. The event begins at 7:30 at the Metro Coffee House in Casper on Monday, July 20th. Artcore is the sponsor of the event. Here's a photo of my friend Dave Ferriera who takes me fishing in Homer. This was one afternoon's catch.
I just returned form Homer, Alaska where I attended the Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference. It was great and I generated a bunch of new ideas for essays. I stayed a few days over and went out for halibut and king salmon. I'll post more later, but the weather was in the 80s a couple times and it was beautiful. King salmon are fish that you have to respect. The two smaller ones at the bottom were caught off the Spit by casting a lure from a rod and reel I borrowed from a friend. These fish are sushi quality. This is the best fish you can get anywhere, in my opinion.